These homemade food gift recipes for the holidays include the sweet, the savory, and the unexpected. So go ahead, borrow these ideas for making presents from scratch that your friends and family will covet or your hosts will adore…and likely request next year.
It’s been said, that it’s better to give than receive. An adage I often considered highly suspect. Because, if we’re being honest here, it feels damn good to get, right?
But this time of year, we all relent a little. It could be the weather–nothing puts me in a good mood faster than a lovely blizzard. Perhaps it’s looking back upon the year that makes us thankful for the people in our lives. (Or for the evil among us, the satisfaction of blowing people away with our mad cooking skills.)
Whatever the reason, giving food gifts–specifically ones you’ve made–is a grand gesture and an even grander tradition of the season.
P.S. If you’re wondering what to get me for Christmas, well, any of these lovelies below will suffice. I’ll send you my address.
These gorgeous rum balls, made with walnuts, chocolate, confectioners’ sugar, and butter, are a Southern classic. A lovely homemade Christmas gift.
These rum balls were so good! In fact, it was hard not to eat them all at once. I made mine with walnuts and rum per the recipe. So delicious, almost like fudge rather than a cookie.–Elizabeth
These classic shortbread cookies are made with just 5 ingredients: butter, sugar, flour, vanilla, and a pinch of sea salt. A simple, perfect approach to a beloved Scottish tradition that’s a perfect Christmas cookie.
Stollen, a traditional German Christmas bread with a storied history, is a sweet yeast bread studded with dried or candied fruit and marzipan and is far more elegant than the traditional dense loaves of fruitcake. And far lovelier to receive.
This homemade Irish cream recipe is an easy homemade Baileys Irish cream that you can make at home with whiskey, coffee, heavy cream, milk, cacao, sugar, and the luck of the Irish. Tastes just like the store-bought stuff. Cheers.
Caramel popcorn is a sweet and salty snack that nearly everyone loves. Buttery brown sugar, popcorn, and peanuts will make you feel like a kid again.
I made this amazing popcorn for my 12-year-old’s sleepover. I doubled the caramel topping, and the result was perfectly coated popcorn! I will definitely be making this again.–Maria
This festive candy cane bark is made with chocolate, crushed peppermint candies, and lotsa love. A beloved food gift that’s quick and easy, too. You can whip it up in no time…perhaps for those special website editors you forgot to add to your list. (A-hem!)
Just try to resist eating this Meyer lemon curd from the jar with a spoon! Pack the lemon curd into jars for gift giving, but save a jar for yourself and spread it on toasted brioche or warm-from-the-oven scones.
I’ve made this Meyer lemon curd recipe five times last Christmas for gifting purposes. Incredibly great recipe!!!–Lisa
This vanilla syrup, made with vanilla beans, sugar, and water, works magnificently for pancakes, coffee, cakes, cocktails, and so many other uses. And just think of all the time and money you’ll save by making your own vanilla lattes.
Who should I give homemade food gifts to?
Most people enjoy receiving homemade food gifts, so they’re a great option for hostess gifts or holiday giving among co-workers, friends, or your kids’ teachers.
Do I need to include a list of ingredients with my food gifts?
Ideally, yes. Especially if you’re unsure of any dietary restrictions of the benefactor of your generosity. List them on the back of your gift tag or make stickers to attach to the bags or bottles.
Homemade food gifts are a joy to receive, particularly if it’s something that the recipient truly delights in. Take some time to think about whom you’re giving to and what they love. It’ll make parting with these DIY food gifts as pleasurable as receiving them.
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